Sea monster discovered in India
On 25 October, a team of scientists revealed the discovery of what they think could be the first Jurassic ichthyosaur to be found in India.
Ichthyosaurs were marine reptiles that inhabited the oceans between 90 and 250 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the land and pterosaurs dominated the skies.
They travelled the seas alongside sharks and their main food competitors, plesiosaurs.
The team believe that the Indian ichthyosaur dates from the Jurassic Period (between 145 million and 201 million years ago). The remains of the skeleton were found inside rocks in the western state of Gujarat. The nearcomplete 5.5-metre-long skeleton was unearthed after 1,500 hours of digging.
Guntupalli V.R. Prasad, one of the researchers on the study, was shocked by the find. “We were expecting only bone fragments,” he explained. Prasad said that based on its teeth, the animal probably ate fish, marine reptiles and shelled sea creatures, such as ammonites.
Ichthyosaurs were marine